Ottawa Senators fans were more than pleased with the solid win against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night. Anders Nilsson was a key part of the game by getting the shutout for the Senators with 44 saves.
The Senators even got the cherry on top with the empty netter at the end to make it 4-0.
Ottawa took a last-minute penalty to keep the fans on their toes, but they were able to hold off the Ducks for their 20th win of the season. They started out the third period with another penalty kill after Brady Tkachuk was called for a hooking penalty.
Even though the Senators were down a man they had two 2-on-1 rushes during the penalty kill but were unable to score. Halfway through the third, Mark Stone was able to bury one past Ducks goaltender John Gibson, making it 3-0 Senators and marking his 23rd goal of the season.
The Ducks took a penalty early on in the second period, giving the Senators a chance to take the lead by two. The Senators weren’t able to sneak one in on the power play. Gibson faced 35 shots, letting in three. Anaheim had more shots on net for most of the game, but it didn’t seem to matter.
The Senators kept control of the puck for most of the second and for most of the third. In the Senators end, Nilsson helped them keep their lead by shutting down all of Anaheim’s chances. In the last couple minutes of the second period, Matt Duchene scored his 23rd goal of the season, keeping the crowd alive.
Brady Tkachuk opened up the scoring for the Senators, getting his 12th goal of the season, assisted by Mark Stone and Colin White. White took a high-sticking penalty giving the Ducks a chance to tie it up. However, the Senators held off the Ducks for all of their penalty kills, keeping the lead until the end of the first period.
The Sens were coming off a 5-4 loss in Toronto on Wednesday. The Anaheim Ducks extended their losing streak, with four losses in their last four games.
Going into tonight’s game, Anaheim was sitting 26th overall while Ottawa was sitting in last. Corey Perry was playing for the Ducks, after missing out on the beginning of the season due to knee surgery.
Ottawa came onto the ice for the pre-game warmup wearing DIFD hats in honour of Daron Richardson, Luke Richardson’s daughter. Luke was an assistant coach for the Senators for many years.
The Senators take on the Winnipeg Jets at home this Saturday for a 2 p.m. matinee game.